Right now on Twitter, people are discussing the novels they read when they were way too young. This was inspired by Twitter user Amy (@lolennui) who writes that she has a theory that everyone in Generation X” read a Stephen King book way too young and that’s why they are the way they are.” Generation X is the generation following the baby boomers but right before the millennials. From this Tweet, many people began discussing novels they read that was too disturbing for their age, bringing horror writer Stephen King into the conversation, along with other novels like Flowers in the Attic.
my theory is every gen X person read a stephen king book way too young and that’s why they are the way they are
— Amy (@lolennui) April 6, 2022
Many began discussing V.C. Andrews, an author best known for her Gothic novel Flowers in the Attic. This book, with many people claiming they read it in elementary school, is controversial as it deals with content containing incest. One commenter wrote, “Some of us read VC Andrews and everyone is too young to read VC Andrews.” Other people brought up the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which was a collection of horror short stories that many agreed they read when they were younger.
I have actually never read a Stephen King book, because I read *this* book way too young first pic.twitter.com/bj2O3gdgqm
— Sarah L Sanderson (@S_L_Sanderson) April 6, 2022
Others, however, agreed that it was Stephen King they read when they probably should have waited a little bit. From ghosts, zombie cats, and killer clowns, King really had a novel to spook everyone. One Twitter user said that in an effort to learn English as an immigrant, a friend let him borrow books by the horror writer, including titles like Cujo that features a killer dog and Salem’s Lot, which is about vampires. He notes that he believes King is the reason he was able to understand both American culture and the Enlgish language.
It was the 80's, I was an immigrant in ESL classes trying to assimilate and learn english.
A kid let me borrow The Stand, then Cujo, Carrie, Salem's Lot, etc etc
I credit Stephen King with my quick grasp of the language and American culture.
— CPSM (@1Cloudnine) April 6, 2022
Overall, it seems that since kids were reading, many adults did not attempt to stop them, probably as they were just happy to see their kids reading. But, it seems to have had an interesting effect on a lot of adults today, who look back and cannot believe the type of material they were able to stomach as a child.